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6th Grade Social Studies Syllabus Rebecca Millhench

    First Semester

    Geography & Culture

Lesson 1.1 Geography Skills

    Identifying different map types and apply basic map reading skills while interpreting and using maps for

    comparison of countries and world regions.

Lesson 1.2 The Five Themes of Geography

    Introduction to the Five Themes of Geography as tools for applying geographic knowledge.

Lesson 1.3 Comparing World Regions

    Develop the concept of regions and use maps to locate and compare major world regions.

Lesson 1.4 Defining Culture and Cultural Regions

    Define culture and culture regions and describe traits and institutions common to all cultures.

Lesson 1.5 Differences and Similarities Among World Regions

    Find the similarities and differences between and among various world regions based on cultural


Lesson 1.6 Regional Conflict and Cooperation

    Identify and explain examples of conflict and cooperation between and among regions or groups within a


    Regional Geography

Lesson 2.1 - Physical Geography and Culture of Europe

    This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of Europe.

    Lesson 2.2 - Physical Geography and Culture of Russia and The Eurasian Republics This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of Russian and the Eurasian Republics.

    Lesson 2.3 - Physical Geography and Culture of North America, Middle and South America This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of North America, Middle and South America.

    Lesson 2.4 - Physical Geography and Culture of Southwest Asia and North Africa This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of Southwest Asia (Mid-East) and North Africa.

Lesson 2.5 - Physical Geography and Culture of Sub-Saharan Africa

    This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Lesson 2.6 - Physical Geography and Culture of South Asia

    This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of South Asia.

Lesson 2.7 - Physical Geography and Culture of East and Southeast Asia

    This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of East and Southeast Asia. .

    Lesson 2.8 - Physical Geography and Culture of Australia and the Pacific Rim This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of Australia and the Pacific Rim.

    Ancient Cultures

Lesson 3.1- Major Historical Cultures

    Locate major historical cultures and how geography affected their development

Lesson 3.2 - Significant Individuals

    Discover significant individuals and groups from ancient cultures and identify their accomplishments and contribution.

Lesson 3.3 - The Origins of Government

    Discover basic government terms and apply the terms in historical context. Discover the origins of democratic thought in ancient cultures.

Lesson 3.4 - World Religions

    Understand the historical and cultural foundations of the world's major religions in the context of ancient


Lesson 3.5 - Ancient Culture Contributions to Art and Science

    View some of the artistic and scientific contributions of ancient cultures and the effect of those contributions on contemporary society.

Lesson 3.6 - Contemporary Regions in Ancient Sites

    Study contemporary regions and countries that are located on the sites of ancient cultures and explore how those ancient cultures have affected life in the contemporary world.

    Medieval World

Lesson 4.1 - The Middle Ages

    Understand the order that emerges out of chaos following the Dark Ages and the Fall of the Roman Empire in 476 to 1000 AD and continue through the later Middle Ages from 1000-1500 AD

Lesson 4.2 - Life In the Middle Ages

    Study feudalism as an economic and social as well as a cultural system. It helps students explore the economic and cultural roles of individuals in feudal society in Europe.

Lesson 4.3 - The Power of the Catholic Church

    Study the power and influence of the Roman Catholic Church as a political, economic and social institution in Medieval Europe.

Lesson 4.4 - Changing Economics

    Understand the transition from simple economics to more complex market economies during the Middle Ages.

Lesson 4.5 - Rise of Nation-States

    Identify the need for strong nation-states to deal with the complexities of more advanced economies

    throughout Europe and the known world.

Lesson 4.6 - Connections to the Contemporary World

    Develop an understanding of the connections between the influence of the Medieval period upon

    contemporary cultures in Europe.

    Second Semester

    Products of Culture

Lesson 5.1 - Artistic Expression Within Cultures

    Understand the relationship that exists between artistic, creative and literary expressions and the societies

    that product them.

Lesson 5.2 - A Renaissance Example

    Realize the importance of artistic expression in analyzing a culture with the major emphasis on the

    European Renaissance.

Lesson 5.3 - Scientific Innovation & Discovery

    Identify and describe scientific and technological advances of the Medieval/Renaissance period.

Lesson 5.4 - Technological Advances in Today's World

    Recognize how geographic, economic, political and cultural decision-making influences the development of science and technology in the contemporary world.

Lesson 5.5 -The Impact of Scientific Innovation

    Understand how past artistic, scientific and technological advances influence contemporary culture.

    Organizing Economic Systems

Lesson 6.1 - Economic Systems

    Recognize how societies move from traditional to more complex economies, organize for the production

    and distribution of goods and services, and answer the basic economic questions.

Lesson 6.2 - Economic Interdependence

    Understand economic concepts of scarcity, economic interdependence, and trade among societies and

    regions of the world.

Lesson 6.3 - Factors of Production

    Define and describe the factors of production and levels of industry. Evaluate the effects of the factors of production on levels of productivity in cultures, past and present.

Lesson 6.4 - Indicators of Economic Activity

    Define the indicators of economic activity and apply those indicators to selected contemporary countries.

Lesson 6.5 - Analyzing Levels of Economic Development

    Use the indicators of economic development and compare contemporary world nations and regions.

    Organizing Political Systems

Lesson 7.1 - Limited Governments

    Identify the characteristics of limited or democratic governments and the reasons for their limited powers.

Lesson 7.2 - Unlimited Governments

    Identify the characteristics of unlimited or totalitarian and non-democratic governments and the need for perhaps limiting those governments.

Lesson 7.3 -Comparing Governments and Political Systems

    Examine and compare examples of limited and unlimited governments in contemporary society.

Lesson 7.4 - Participatory Citizenship

    Recognize what roles, responsibilities, and opportunities exist for citizens in the United States and other


Lesson 7.5 - Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship in a Democracy

    Recognize the balance that exists between citizen rights and responsibilities in a democratic society.

    st21 Century Issues

Lesson 8.1 - Cultural Borrowing & Interactions

    Examine cultural borrowing and interdependence among countries of the world.

Lesson 8.2 - Human-Environment Interaction & Technology

    Understand the impact of human-environment interaction and innovations in science and technology in

    today's world.

Lesson 8.3 - Analyzing an Event--Current Events in Action

    Develop skills to analyze and interpret events as described in written text.

Lesson 8.4 - Global "Hotspots"

    Examine and analyze significant current events and the areas of the world in which these events are


Lesson 8.5 - The Changing World

    Recognize the "changing world" in which we live and examine and summarize the relationships that exist

    between and among world cultures as well as hypothesize about future issues.

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